Thursday, 10 July 2014

My Memory Box - The Early Days and Giveaway

I am quite a sentimental person and have kept various things from throughout my life in a big box which I have called "my memory box". So I thought it would be a great idea to share them with everyone. This is the first instalment from the first five years of my life. 

I was born on the 18th April, 1979.  I had big bright blue eyes. Number one in the charts when I was born was "Bright Eyes" by Art Garfunkel and it has now become one of my favourite songs. My mum was 21 and my dad was 24 when I was born. From what I was told I was a fairly good baby that didn't cry too much.  

In my memory box of course I have photographs. Here is one of my mum holding me when I was 3 weeks old. 


My mum and dad kept The Sun, Daily Express and Bath Evening Chronicle from the day I was born. In fact in one of the papers is the half filled out crossword my dad was doing whilst waiting for me to arrive. It's great looking through the papers especially at the adverts and the cost of things. You could buy a really nice home in Bath in Poets Corner for £27,000 back in 1979. Now houses in the same area cost £350,000 or more.


My parents also kept the newspaper from the 19th April with the announcement of my birth. Shame the papers couldn't spell Patricia correctly but still it's lovely to have. 



Around the time there was a lot of talk about the general election coming up a couple of weeks after my birth so the papers were full of Margaret Thatcher. Whilst I know a lot of people didn't like her I decided about 10 years or so ago when I was collecting autographs to send off a page from one of my newspapers from the day I born with a picture of her on and ask her to sign it. I did worry about it a little as I didn't want to lose a page from the paper but I risked it and two months later she sent it back to me signed. 


My parents also kept all the cards they received from my family and their friends. Some of the people I don't know but it's still cool to read through them. And also they kept one of my first dresses and a cardigan from when I did ballet aged 4 or 5 (I don't think I did it for very long though).
Birth cards
Me aged 3 
My first dress
Ballet top
The fact my parents kept all these items shows just how happy they were to have me. I love them so much and I love the fact that I still have all this as part of my memory box.

****** Giveaway ******

My blog has reached just over 2 months old so I thought it would be lovely to run another competition to say thank you to my readers. The prize is a lovely Cadbury Treasure box as pictured below. 


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374 comments:

  1. As well as photos, I have some tiny dresses which I used to dress my dolls in, and some things my mum made for my dolls by hand. Also, my Tree Tots House, which is a bit worn out but was played with by some of my nephews too.

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  2. my teddy called Bruno but he is hidden away so the girls can't get him ;-)

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  3. I don't have anything from my childhood at all I'm afraid.

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  4. Yes, Ive kept my barbie collection (all 200ish barbies + house etc. ) thats still in my parents loft lol. :)

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  5. I still have my Paddington bear that I was given as a gift when I was three years old (so 36 years ago! EEK!) My parents had a huge clear out of their loft about over 10 years ago and they gave loads my toys and my siblings toys to charity - including StarWars figures which would have been worth a small fortune now had they known! I have memory boxes for each of my children and have everything in from scan photos, hospital bands, first tooth, curl, shoes, foot/hand prints etc! I find it hard to throw anything sentimental away so by the time they all leave home, they will have a memory crate each!

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  6. My Mum has kept a couple of pairs of my first shoes which I now have xxx

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  7. yes i have a wind up monkey that not only have my own children played with but now my grandson does too. I also have a memory box that i keep with the same sort of things in about my own children

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  8. I have a few old toys, some cards and photos and a bible and my bridesmaids dress and the bible I was given for being a bridesmaid aged 3. :)

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  9. I have a shawl, some teddies and lots of photos. Every now and again my mum gives me something, I'm sure just to clear out her clutter.

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  10. Just some photos,I wish I had kept other stuff though it's so nice to look back and remember

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  11. i have my first pair of shoes :)

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  12. I have a bracelet from when i was a baby with my name on it

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  13. just photos and a couple of baby bangles thankyou

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  14. I have a teddy which was made for me before I was born....Loads of photos and a few of my old school books :)

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  15. My mum gave me my baby teeth a few weeks ago :(

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  16. Very liittle but I do have my old school reports and school magazines

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  17. I have my oldest teddy still :)

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  18. Lots of photos and things like school reports etc that my mum kept!

    Ashleigh

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  19. I have a soft toy that I used to love as a child but that's all. I am keeping lots of things for my son when he is older - school work,cards, knitting my Mum did when he was a baby.

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  20. Catherine McAlinden10 July 2014 at 20:58

    The cardigan that my Mum knitted for me starting school. My little girl is about to start school, but it's the wrong colour!

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  21. I've got all my baby photos and Christening gifts.

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  22. Just lots of photos as a child

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  23. Lynsey Buchanan10 July 2014 at 21:39

    my books

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  24. I haven't kept anything from my childhood, although it would be great sometimes to have some lovely memory

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  25. Unfortunately I have very little from my childhood except from my battered teddy bear. All our photos up to the age of 9 were lost (by accident) too. I can still remember some of them and I have many happy memories.

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  26. My toy monkey Bobo that I used to take everywhere with me ( Melanie M )

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  27. My sinclair ZX spectrum, and it still (mostly) works

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  28. An orange teddy which is really threadbare.

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  29. Some toy cars that my younger brothers didn't totally wreck! Also some school art work!

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  30. When I was younger I was in a few TV adverts, my Mum & Dad kept them all but unfortunately they're all on video & we no longer have a VCR! One day we'll get around to getting them converted to DVD! :) x

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  31. I kept several toys from my childhood and gave them to my daughter

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  32. When I was little my mum gave me these diamonds and told me they were special and to keep them safe.She thought me being a little kid I'd lose them within 5 seconds but I did keep them safe and still have them to this day.The trouble was they aren't real diamonds she just made it up thinking I'd lose them anyway.

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  33. I have lots of things I collected, like card books (from tea packs), other miscellaneous items. I was absolutely distraught when I was about 20, and my mum threw out my old (1st) tattered teddy without asking me (I was at University). I've never forgiven her for that one thing.
    (Spencer Broadley)

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  34. Like Heather I have nothing from my childhood

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  35. All I have are photos & my hospital tag, it's all my parents kept.

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  36. I have loads of stuff, cards and telegrams congratulating my parents on my birth, and some magazines from when I was born. I've also got various teddy bears etc.

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  37. I have a toy popple that I had since i was 2

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  38. I have the teddy bear my Gran got for me when I was born, he's a little tatty now but he's safely put away in a box in my wardrobe.

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  39. i have a teddy that is now 37 years old

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  40. I save everything. Got a few boxes under my bed, with birthday cards from when I was a child and toys, diary's, photos. You name it

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  41. No. Things were got rid of to make room. Joy Portas

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  42. I have an old teddy rabbit with only one ear and one leg.. stuffed with straw. :)

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  43. My teddy bear. Couldn't part with it.

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  44. I have a few bits and bobs, deffo an old teddy about 25 years old!

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  45. My donkey hand puppet, he's about 20 years old now!

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  46. I haven't reallu kept much from my childhood, apart from photos

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  47. A few teddy bears & lots of photos. My parents (or rather my hoarder dad) have all my nursery/primary school books/pictures etc in their attic!

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  48. My Train Set it's set up in the loft for my grandsons

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  49. my mum saved my 1st pair of shoes, now I have them

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  50. laura jayne bates11 July 2014 at 14:23

    i kept my favorite doll an old tatty baby talk

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  51. Some of my toys, but not as many as I wish

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  52. I have a pair of ballet shoes from when I was about 10.

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  53. I have kept my first teddy bear named Alice, She has a wind up music box which plays Brahms Lullaby in her.

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  54. My koala teddy bear. He's 25 years old now and I still love him.

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  55. I've kept a few things but my most treasured item has to a hat my parents made me for the easter hat parade in school :D

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  56. My teddy bear. My mum through out everything else when I was at University (I was not happy!)

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  57. Lovely memories! I have a soft toy bunny which is a little worse for wear but was my favourite toy called sweetie pea x

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  58. MY WRIST BAND WITH MY NAME ON FROM WHEN I WAS BORN

    KATHY D

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  59. Its funny the other day I was sorting a box out & a came across a few of my old diaries from senior school, what utter nonsense I used to write, but being a teenager it must have been so important to me at the time. My oldest possession are two teddy bears, that were given to my little brother when he was born, but every time he tough them he vomited so I claimed them, they are looking a bit worse for wear, with arms & leg having been stitched back on over time but I love them to bit.

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  60. my first teddy bear and a plait of my hair when I was first allowed to have it cut aged 10

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  61. I have a doll called Susie and it still cry's

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  62. after divorce and burglary i sadly dont have much left but i do have photos and many many memories

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  63. I have books and teddies in my cupboard from my childhood but everything I have now is just at the back of the cu[board unused.

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  64. I've kept swimming certificates

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  65. lovely to have nice memories.. i have lots of photos of me as a child but that's it

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  66. I still have my first teddy bear that I had as a baby

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  67. I have not managed to keep much, but I have a gonk pencil case. A rag doll made by my Granny, which sits in her room as she lives with us. Lovely to see your childhood memories, thanks.

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  68. school records and tidbits I did that my mom kept. Of course pictures, last visit to my parents I scanned all the pictures they still had so I would have copies. They lost some in moves, but at least I have a permanent record of what still exists.

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  69. CLARE LOUISE TERRY12 July 2014 at 12:32

    I have kept a soft,cuddly elephant toy that I have had since I was very young.It has been with me through all the house moves and I just couldn't part with it

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  70. I've got my lion toy Leo, a blanket, lots of photos and my mum kept all the pictures I've drawn and painted at nursery and school

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  71. I still have the outfit from my very first school play in reception class. I was a raindrop and my outfit was made out of one of my grandma's old bed sheets with blue foiled raindrop shaped pieces of paper stuck all over it and it has tinsel around the edges. Makes me smile thinking about it :)

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  72. I don't have anything from mine but I have kept various bits from when my children were babies

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  73. I've still got a book from my childhood, which is now 42 years old, I've also got a bible I was given when I was a bridesmaid, that's about the same age x

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  74. a coin collection - I should probably sell it!!

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  75. i saved the local and national papers on the days our children were born

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  76. No. I've moved around too much.

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  77. I haven't kept a lot, but I know that my mum keeps a lot of stuff. I made an Easter card in school using felt and some basic sewing and she kept it, I found it in a drawer a few years ago :)

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  78. I still have a little stuffed dog that I had as a child on my bedside cabinet :)

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  79. very little left of my childhood most of it was destroyed in a house fire

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  80. My first earrings and christening bracelet, and a few toys i got from Disney world

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  81. christine shelley12 July 2014 at 14:24

    I have a letter opener sent by my french penfriend

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  82. I've still got all my old toys and books in the hope I would have a little girl someday...I've ended up having 3 boys :) x

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  83. I have my tags from the hospital, my first baby shoes, christening cards and the church programme with my name in it. For my own children I also kept a newspaper from the day they were born and have their birth cards, hospital tags, first shoes, first birthday cards, first football kit, dancing outfit etc. With our twins I kept their first outfits to remember how small they were and they were in Mother & Baby magazine in the November birthdays so I still have that copy. I'm not a hoarder at all but these are special things I felt if would be good to keep.

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  84. I have a Lego man that goes everywhere with me! I'm now 36 and still have it in my wallet.

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  85. Yes, mum kept various family cards to me, some shoes, socks and a couple of dresses.

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  86. The wrist tag from when I was born, it's tiny.

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  87. My parents and I moved a lot when I was little and then they went travelling around Europe - which I am so pleased they did however the down side was that a lot of things from my childhood went missing or couldn't be kept - except for photos which we made sure we kept . So I am so aware of what I miss that I make sure I have kept a lot of my own childrens momentoes from Birth and I love scrapbooking everything. I also wish there had been camcorders back when I was little I would love to have seen me as a baby :)

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  88. i have lots of books and my first pair of ballet shoes

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  89. I've kept a few dolls and a couple of teddy bears ;-) xx

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  90. Puffles the teddy bear! He was my best pal and I could never get rid of him!

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  91. my christening dress & baby book with my mum's hand writing recording my weight gain..

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  92. a couple of school reports of mine (not brilliant I'm afraid) birthday cards in an old scrap book and photos

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  93. I have about 20 dolls all dressed in National Dress.

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  94. My bear, lots of photos and old cine films

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  95. A letter from my teacher when I was in y2 - saying thank you for buying her a present. It was just so lovely! :)

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  96. i dont really have anything but i know my mother still has a piece of my hair from when i was about 3

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  97. My teddy bear, he is about 50 and I have had to restuff him

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  98. I still have quite a few teddy bears stored away.

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  99. Michelle Hollingsbee12 July 2014 at 21:57

    I still have my first Care Bear.

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  100. My first shoes hospital band weighing card, theres not as much as my brother has. Second child syndrome I think lol

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  101. Nope, not really. Most things were left when I ran away.

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  102. I have got a panda bear I got from London zoo when I was yung & have got a few school reports & photo's :)

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  103. I have school drawings, a lock of hair from my first haircut and story books, love looking at them

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  104. photos and some school books

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  105. I also keep a memory box, its got all sorts of things in it, tickets from events certificates from school and photos :) xx

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  106. Mum and Dad have loads of stuff in their loft - we keep meaning to go up and have a look through everything! I do have a little snoopy dog that I was given as a baby that my kids still play with now!

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  107. I have some toys that I have passed down to my children, lots of pictures and school records. I know somewhere in my dads house there are cards from my Mum and Dads friends and family welcoming me to the world too!

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  108. my teddy that i got off my grandma, when i was 18 months old, it is well loved and i still love it now - i am 38

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  109. My mam died when I was small so nothing was kept. Except a book dating some if my first year of life.

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  110. a ring my dad bought me for my 5th birthday

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  111. Edward Guerreiro13 July 2014 at 19:43

    Nothing but my memories... and my birth certificate.

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  112. I have some little hand knitted cardigans that my nan knitted me when I was a baby and both of my children have worn them as part of their coming home outfits from hospital! xx

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  113. Most of my things were thrown away (not by me!) but I did find some things from my 1st Holy Communion recently

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  114. I've got my 1st teddy! @Amezeylady

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  115. I dont really have anything from my childhood, but I have made both my daughters memory boxes of their baby things (baby grows, cards, toys etc)

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  116. I still have my first bathing suit! so tiny!

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  117. I have not got anything from my childhood only treasured photo's,But i kept cards my children made at school for Mother's ,Christmas etc & i keep them in a scrap book.

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  118. A baby bracelet, some sindy dolls and a few books.

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  119. I have a teddy that i have had since birth

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  120. A tattered childs copy of Aesops Fables - it really helped me learning to read

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  121. I have some old school photos :)

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  122. loads of photos, my baby blanket and lots of teddy bears which my son plays with

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  123. a bowling pin from the bowling alley i had my 6th birthday at.

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  124. I still have my teddy from when I was born
    Claire D

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  125. A few of my favourite books that I've passed on!

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  126. I have rubbers from my rubber collection in the early 1980s and they still smell the same lol, maria blythin

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  127. Blankets my Gran knitted me, several Fisher Price toys (which my kids now play with) and I think my mom has my first Clarks shoes still stored away.

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  128. Photo and a few christening gifts

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  129. I found a blanket and some books the other day

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  130. yes my doll sandra and my blanket which i will use for my children

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  131. Some photos.

    Rachel Craig

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  132. A cup and sugar bowl I made out of pottery and painted and had fired by an adult of course

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  133. My mum kept a box with my wristband from hospital, first baby booties and blanket. There is actually loads of stuff still in their attic - she's a bit of a hoarder!

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  134. I have a blue hand ashtray, its glass and used to be my grandfathers, its tiny and used to fit the palm of my hand perfectly, now it fits my 4 year old daughter :)

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  135. Ive kept the teddy I was given on the day I was born. His name was Mitty

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  136. I have kept a few soft toys, photographs, and I have a box of baby clothes, toys, etc. that my mum kept together after I was born :-)

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  137. I have a Disney Mickey Mouse watch from when I was about 5 years old, I am 33 now :)

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  138. I've kept my silver Blue Peter badge and my collection of Robertsons Golly brooches

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  139. A pretty wooden pencil box, with painted hinged lid - it sat on my desk through senior school days, college & all exams.

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  140. I think my mum has still got a plaster-cast bunny rabbit that I made and painted blue.

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  141. I haven't but my mum has got loads of toys & books in the attic. Don't know if she's got any baby stuff.

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  142. I have kept my very first teddy bear, and wouldn't part with it for the world

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  143. I've kept my Jem and the Hologram dolls.

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  144. I still have a Paddington bear i had from my childhood xxx

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  145. I have not kept anything from my childhood.

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  146. newspapers from the day they were born

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  147. I have kept my birthday cards, school books and two of my favourite dolls

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  148. my ballet medal - i only got the one!

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  149. ive kept the first teddy I was given on the day I was born- he is very tattered but special!

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  150. I have saved some very similar things to you: the newspaper from the day I was born, cards from my birth, my first shoes and some soft toys.

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  151. I have not kept anything, but I have a lot of special memories.

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  152. my mother kept my christening cards and first haircut which she gifted to me a few years ago

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  153. Soft toy which i was given as a baby

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  154. Yes I've kept my rainbow bright love heart pillow which my son now has!!

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  155. faye huntington23 July 2014 at 19:06

    holy communion dress! :) faye x

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  156. I kept my Tiny Tears doll. She is in the loft wrapped in one of my mothers hand knitted cardigans (for the doll)

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  157. I was given a small jug when little, which I treasure as it's so pretty although the lip was damaged many years ago. I also remember picture books given to me by my aunt and am buying copies of these when I see them.

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  158. a pottery bear that was the mascot of Olympics Moscow 1980, me dad worked in Russia and brought it home for me

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  159. renee armstrong24 July 2014 at 19:45

    I still have my old teddy...xx

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  160. I should being born on new years day, but sadly mum was too ill so no baby photos, I have teddy I collected from the greenshield stamp shop and my dads ironing board, which I pressure.

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  161. I still have my 62 year old Teddy Bear

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  162. I didn't have anything so for my wife me and the children built a box with shells from the beach. In it is anything she loved that they made, little bracelets, etc

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  163. I kept some of my dolls in the loft but found they disintegrate even though carefully packed.

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  164. Coming from a minimilistic family i have nothing from my childhood and i have kept very few items from my childrens.

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  165. Ive kept my first teddy which is very battered and worn at 32 years old but it now belongs to my daughter
    helenjsoutham@hotmail.co.uk

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  166. A koala bear- he'll be 50- never seen another one!

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  167. My cabbage patch dolls, I've got two and I really loved them as a child ( Alex Telford)

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  168. A book of poems my dad bought for me

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  169. I have a bear that my grandma gave me the day I was born.

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  170. nothing has been kept from my childhood :(

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  171. I have my building beakers which my Grandchildren now use, also a Christmas decoration that I made at infant school comes out every year.

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  172. My teddy whos now more holes than teddy.

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  173. Tanya Camilleri29 July 2014 at 14:55

    I have loads from my childhood and i'm pleased to say I have passed most of it on to my daughter. My little rocking chair now sits in her room, she wears one of my nighties to bed and has my baby pillow for her teddies

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  174. my teddy from when i was 3 years old- im 33 now

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